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Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Januar 2002

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"This survey of Halloween will tell you everything you need to know, and possible more. With a topic this intriguing, the author doesn't need tricks to come up with a treat."

"The best work so far on this increasingly important holiday."--Publishers Weekly
"Performs the heroic service of taking all the stuff in stores seriously, as instruments in the creation of a new unreligious holiday of some significance, if the retailers are to be believed.... They say that the devil is in the details, and Rogers is a connoisseur of delicious tidbits of
macabre."--New York Times Book Review
"Halloween is a rich mix of historical detail and keen cultural observation about the holiday in North America. He reaches far back to the festival's pagan roots and follows its development into a unique celebration of liminality, cultural borrowing, and outrageous invention. Halloween is surely an
important contribution to a growing literature that takes seriously our moments of play."--Penne Restad, author of Christmas in America: A History
"This book paints its subject in very broad strokes, giving us a glimpse of an increasingly significant holiday over a vast expanse of space and time. How delightful, too, to read about an event through a North American, rather than strictly American perspective."--Jack Kugelmass, author of Masked
Culture: The Greenwich Village Halloween Parade



"The best work so far on this increasingly important holiday."--Publishers Weekly
"Performs the heroic service of taking all the stuff in stores seriously, as instruments in the creation of a new unreligious holiday of some significance, if the retailers are to be believed.... They say that the devil is in the details, and Rogers is a connoisseur of delicious tidbits of
macabre."--New York Times Book Review
"Halloween is a rich mix of historical detail and keen cultural observation about the holiday in North America. He reaches far back to the festival's pagan roots and follows its development into a unique celebration of liminality, cultural borrowing, and outrageous invention. Halloween is surely an
important contribution to a growing literature that takes seriously our moments of play."--Penne Restad, author of Christmas in America: A History
"This book paints its subject in very broad strokes, giving us a glimpse of an increasingly significant holiday over a vast expanse of space and time. How delightful, too, to read about an event through a North American, rather than strictly American perspective."--Jack Kugelmass, author of Masked
Culture: The Greenwich Village Halloween Parade


"The best work so far on this increasingly important holiday."--Publishers Weekly
"Performs the heroic service of taking all the stuff in stores seriously, as instruments in the creation of a new unreligious holiday of some significance, if the retailers are to be believed.... They say that the devil is in the details, and Rogers is a connoisseur of delicious tidbits of macabre."--New York Times Book Review
"Halloween is a rich mix of historical detail and keen cultural observation about the holiday in North America. He reaches far back to the festival's pagan roots and follows its development into a unique celebration of liminality, cultural borrowing, and outrageous invention. Halloween is surely an important contribution to a growing literature that takes seriously our moments of play."--Penne Restad, author of Christmas in America: A History
"This book paints its subject in very broad strokes, giving us a glimpse of an increasingly significant holiday over a vast expanse of space and time. How delightful, too, to read about an event through a North American, rather than strictly American perspective."--Jack Kugelmass, author of Masked Culture: The Greenwich Village Halloween Parade



"The best work so far on this increasingly important holiday."--Publishers Weekly


"Performs the heroic service of taking all the stuff in stores seriously, as instruments in the creation of a new unreligious holiday of some significance, if the retailers are to be believed.... They say that the devil is in the details, and Rogers is a connoisseur of delicious tidbits of macabre."--New York Times Book Review


"Halloween is a rich mix of historical detail and keen cultural observation about the holiday in North America. He reaches far back to the festival's pagan roots and follows its development into a unique celebration of liminality, cultural borrowing, and outrageous invention. Halloween is surely an important contribution to a growing literature that takes seriously our moments of play."--Penne Restad, author of Christmas in America: A History


"This book paints its subject in very broad strokes, giving us a glimpse of an increasingly significant holiday over a vast expanse of space and time. How delightful, too, to read about an event through a North American, rather than strictly American perspective."--Jack Kugelmass, author of Masked Culture: The Greenwich Village Halloween Parade


Synopsis

Boasting a rich, complex history rooted in Celtic and Christian ritual, Halloween has evolved from ethnic celebration to a blend of street festival, fright night, and vast commercial enterprise. In this colorful history, Nicholas Rogers takes a lively, entertaining look at the cultural origins and development of one of the most popular holidays of the year. Drawing on a fascinating array of sources, from classical history to Hollywood films, Rogers traces Halloween as it emerged from the Celtic festival of Samhain (summer's end), picked up elements of the Christian Hallowtide (All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day), arrived in North America as an Irish and Scottish festival, and evolved into an unofficial but large-scale holiday by the early 20th century. He examines the 1970s and '80s phenomena of Halloween sadism (razor blades in apples) and inner-city violence (arson in Detroit), as well as the immense influence of the horror film genre on the reinvention of Halloween as a terror-fest. Throughout his vivid account, Rogers shows how Halloween remains, at its core, a night of inversion, when social norms are turned upside down, and a temporary freedom of expression reigns supreme.

He examines how this very license has prompted censure by the religious Right, occasional outrage from law enforcement officials, and appropriation by Left-leaning political groups. Engagingly written and based on extensive research, Halloween is the definitive history of the most bewitching day of the year, illuminating the intricate history and shifting cultural forces behind this enduring trick-or-treat holiday.

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Nicholas Rogers, Geschichtsprofessor an der York Univerity (Kanada), beschreibt in "Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night" sehr anschaulich und spannend die Geschichte des Halloween-Festes von seinen Anfängen als keltisches Fest bis hin zum heutigen Brauch.

Das Buch ist in 8 Kapitel aufgeteilt:

1. Samhain - and the Celtic Origins of Halloween
2. Festive Rites - Halloween in the British Isles
3. Coming Over - Halloween in North America
4. Razor in the Apple - The Struggle for a Safe and Sane Halloween (1920-1990)
5. Halloween goes to Hollywood
6. Stepping Out
7. Border Crossings => Dias de Los Muertos in Mexiko
8. Halloween at the Milennium

Jedes Kapitel behandelt einen Aspekt des Festes, jedoch sind die einzelnen Bereiche inhaltlich miteinander verknüpft, wodurch das Buch eine chronologische Entwicklung aufzeigt und auch leicht lesbar ist.

Alles in allem ein tolles Buch, sowohl für das Studium britischer/amerikanischer Landeskunde (=> Vorbereitung auf das Examen) als auch zur Unterhaltung :-)
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Slim but Helpful Overview 26. Oktober 2007
Von Eric - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The negative reviews I've read so far are trashing the book because it wasn't what they expected it to be: a nostalgic, easy read to be enjoyed while sipping hot cider. The book doesn't present itself as such and is clearly an academic and scholarly survey of the holiday.

I found the book to be a slim, well-written text that still manages to cover a wide range of topics and provide tons of interesting facts and figures. Rogers' main thesis is that Halloween, a holiday that continually reinvents itself, continues to provide "a space for transgression and parody," even as it is appropriated to fit the social and political needs of the culture. Rogers explores this thesis by examining the origins of Halloween, its history in Britain and North America, its similarities to Mexico's "Day of the Dead," urban legends and popular reactions to the holiday, its representation in Hollywood, and current trends in its celebration. He ends with a few guesses and questions about the holiday's future. A thorough analysis without getting bogged down in any one aspect.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An excellent history of Halloween. 27. Oktober 2007
Von G. Hansen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As other reviews suggest, this is not a ghost story or for those with short attention spans. Dr. Rogers is a professor of history, and he has produced a correspondingly scholarly book of history, including names, dates, argumentation, and references to his source materials. When I found the book, I was mainly interested in the early history of Halloween, and the first part of the book delivers it. And it's an important contribution, contrasting with pop-histories that paste later Christian traditions on to early Celtic celebrations, and basically dismiss a thousand years of Christian development as something like "And then they tried to Christianize it because those darned pagans wouldn't go away". Halloween evolved as the cultures celebrating it evolved, and you can't understand its celebration today through a single slice of time in history.

I was tempted to give it four stars instead of five because I thought the author put too much space into Halloween movies, and not enough into the early American development. But he was bringing us up through its modern celebration in the US and Canada, and movies are an important source and reflection of the culture, so I suppose that serves his intent.

You shouldn't try to learn any subject from a single book. Excellent companion books are "The Pagan Mysteries of Halloween" by Markale, for its early history, and "Halloween: An American Holiday, An American Tradition" by Bannatyne for its American development, if you ignore her pre-American history of it (for reasons which are explained comprehensively in Ronald Hutton's "Triumph of the Moon").
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Great content, didn't enjoy reading it 1. September 2010
Von ShawnMarie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book has an amazing amount of information in it about Halloween from the Celtic period to post 9/11 and anyone wanting to learn about the history of the holiday over this entire span should start with this book.

I can't fault the author in any way for what is written, my problem was with how it was written. It didn't seem as though the author enjoyed the holiday and that made the writing seem kind of gray to me, not enjoyable as it would be with someone who really loves the holiday.

Still a great reference book though.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Too much Hollyweird, not enough scholarship 24. Mai 2015
Von Hopeless with computers - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have been doing some research trying to find out how Halloween would have been celebrated by children in the 1920s in a small town in the American South, and also what Halloween was like in 1929 when it came so soon after the Stock Market Crash. This book isn’t much help. But then none of the other books I’ve read have been any help either. Maybe the information I am looking for is too specific in time and place.

But the specifics I am seeking are more appropriate for a book on Halloween’s history than this book is. It starts off with a story of how the gay author and his lover once celebrated Halloween in Toronto. That’s way more information than is necessary or appropriate for a book meant to explain thousands of years’ worth of history.

But, then the author compounds his error when in a chapter that the index says explains Halloween and American culture he talks about Mexico’s Day of the Dead celebration and the impact NAFTA is having on Mexican culture. Is this a book of history, or a socio-political polemic?

There’s no real book here. Instead of serious scholarship the book is essentially a string of anecdotes that purport to explain the various aspects of Halloween (costumes, pranks, begging etcetera, etcetera). That makes the book too piecemeal. You can’t see the overall forest because the author keeps felling trees across your pathway.

And I have to agree with the other critical reviews when Hollywood is concerned. Horror movies have been around for as long as there have been movies. We don’t have horror movies because we have Halloween. But the 22 pages this book spends on horror movies give the impression that we wouldn’t have Halloween if we didn’t have horror movies. The author has a Hollywood fetish that distorts the history he is trying to explain.

There is something I should point out in the author’s defense. The Celts did not have a written language, and there is no continuous oral tradition because their spoken languages either died out or were transformed into Welsh and the Gaelic of the Scots and Irish. The only documentary history we have for the Celts of the British Isles comes from Greek and Roman sources.

But, the British Celts and the Romans were mortal enemies (just ask Boudica). The Romans had propaganda reasons for presenting the Celts in the most horrendous terms possible, and we get things like wicker men and Halloween takes on the trappings of death and horror. The author points this out and explains that Roman sources often had 2nd or 3rd hand information. This runs counter to just about everything else I have read about Halloween’s Old World history. Other authors present the Roman accounts as if they are gospel, and we in the modern world aren’t supposed to question them. But this author doesn’t take the Romans at their word and gives the reader a reason to question what is known.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen If you want the real history! 7. Februar 2009
Von kurtis primm - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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First let me say that this book is like a history book on the history of halloween. If you are looking for a quick halloween story or costume and party information, then this book is not for you.This book deals with the actual history of this wonderful holiday,where it came from and how it adapted to what it is now.I found this book to be a great source of information on the history of my favorite holiday.I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an in depth read of the history of Halloween.
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